Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) Initiative

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    Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) Initiative
    New York
    UTC -5

    About UN University (UNU)

    The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in policy-oriented research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge, furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. UNU’s mission is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States.

    For the past four decades, United Nations University (UNU) has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on human survival, conflict prevention, sustainable development and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 12 countries, UNU’s work spans the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.

    About United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR)

    United Nations University Centre for Policy Research in New York is an independent think tank within the United Nations system. The Centre combines research excellence with deep knowledge of the multilateral system to generate innovative solutions to current and future global public policy challenges.

    The Centre comprises social and data scientists and UN practitioners. It has a successful track record of international partnerships, and has launched pioneering work in several thematic areas, including modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and child labour.

    About The FAST Initiative

    The FAST initiative was launched in mid-2018 as a multi-stakeholder partnership in response to calls from the G7, the G20 and the United Nations General Assembly to mobilize the private sector in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. Owing to the generous support of FAST donors, the project has been extended and is successfully poised for growth.

    The initiative has already had substantial impact, having trained thousands of financial sector professionals in more than 130 countries, mobilized institutional investors with more than USD 8 trillion assets under management to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking, developed risk analysis tools for the sector, and provided input into a range of multilateral and regulatory policy processes. It has also organized a coalition of banks and survivor support organizations to provide survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking with improved access to financial services.

    The workplan of the initiative includes a dedicated stream for Anti-Money Laundering activities to support the detection and reporting of suspicious transactions related to trafficking and forced labour.


    The Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Specialist will report to the FAST Project Director and will be expected to:

    Lead work and cooperate and engage with the Egmont Group, intergovernmental organizations, governments, and other public partners:

    • Work with relevant AML/CFT stakeholders to better integrate HT/MS in national risk assessment methodologies;
    • Provide capacity building to FATF and FSRB assessment bodies, also with the goal to decrease harmful de-risking practices;
    • Design and deliver certified training courses for FIUs;
    • Represent FAST in AML organizations where UNU-CPR is a member or observer and contribute to their activities;
    • Include, where possible, survivor support organizations and/or survivor experts with lived experiences.

    Cooperate and engage with business associations, public-private partnerships, and financial sector institutions:

    • Develop and deliver training programs on detection and reporting of proceeds of HT/MS;
    • Encourage and support public-private partnerships (PPP) that incorporate work on HT/MS;
    • Create international networks and partnerships in this area;
    • Include, where possible, survivor support organizations and/or survivor experts with lived experiences.

    Collaborate with other members of the FAST project team

    • Exchange knowledge and collaborate with the Sanctions Analyst and the FAST workstream Leads;
    • Provide line management of staff and resources, as appropriate.

    Support FAST outreach, coalition-building and the dissemination of findings

    • Disseminate FAST findings for governments and multilateral organizations; financial sector actors; and academia and CSOs;
    • Develop appropriate knowledge exchange activities, communications and resources relating to AML;
    • Participate in relevant internal and external meetings and conferences;
    • Contribute to FAST annual stakeholder convenings;
    • Ensure activities align with donor priorities.

    Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor

    Key performance indicators

    • Timely and quality development and implementation of FAST AML work
    • Timely and quality delivery on FAST strategic priorities in relation to AML
    • Quality and level of engagement with FAST, UNU-CPR, donors, stakeholders and wider UN partners
    • Positive feedback is received on the work from the financial sector, partners, governments, donors, and civil society


    • At least 3 years of relevant AML work and leadership experience in private sector, government or multilateral institutions, preferably in an international setting; working in or collaborating with the financial sector on AML is advantageous;
    • Knowledge of modern slavery, human trafficking, child labour and forced labour;
    • Drafting reports, communications, and presentations;
    • Other desirable skills: initiative, strong conceptual abilities, sound judgment, drafting ability, resilience, and an interest in development work.
    • Master’s degree in law, finance, criminology, economics, political science, international relations, or other relevant sciences.
    • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another UN official working language is an asset.


    The successful candidate will be employed under an international PSA contract. UNU offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary in the range of USD 99,000 – 103,000, commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and a health insurance scheme.

    UNU will contribute to the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

    UNU is not liable for any taxes that may be levied on the remuneration you receive under this contract. Payment of any such taxes remains the sole responsibility of PSA holders.

    Duration of contract

    The duration of the initial contract is 1 year. This is Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU, with the possibility for renewal subject to requirements and satisfactory work performance. The combined duration on a PSA contract with UNU may not exceed six (6) years. The mandatory age of retirement for PSA holders is 65 years.

    Expected start date: 1 April 2022

    Apply by 11 February 2022.

  • Apply by 11 February 2022.

    You will be required to:

    • fill out the UNU P11 form (please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organizations);
    • provide a motivation statement (in the P11 form); and
    • answer a few questions that are tailored to the position.